Saturday, June 25, 2011

The F. Paul Wilson Interview: Outtake (SPOILER ALERT!!!)

WARNING:  If you have NOT read Harbingers in the Repairman Jack series, DO NOT read the following question and subsequent answer.  It contains a GIGANTIC spoiler.  If you wish to read it, having been warned, please scroll down:

The Accidental Author: I remember a point in the Repairman Jack series where Jack's impending fatherhood decidedly took a turn for the worse, and I remember being very disappointed.

FPW: [The pregnancy] was actually something I threw at myself. I can't remember whether it was in the outline stage or it just came to me. I simply had Gia tell him she was preggers, and I had no idea where I was going from there. I asked myself, “Do I want to do that?” Yeah. To keep the series from getting stale for me, I figured I'd just go with it. And from there, it became part of the story...a very big part of the story.

Then, I realized in the next novel, I had to deal with the question of how does [Jack] even become a father. He has no official existence. So that became a subplot that ran for a couple of books. And so it was a good thing. But then, I didn't see Gia with a baby in Nightworld. Without the baby present in Harbingers, I could have simply hurt Gia and Vicky. But with the baby in the story, there had to be a sacrifice.

It's strange. I'll be at a signing or a bookstore, and somebody will pick up Harbingers and say, “I've never read one of your books. Should I read this one?” And I'll say, “NO! NO! Do not read that one. Read any of the first nine, but do not read Harbingers until you've read the first nine.”

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Infamous Letter from Stephen King accusing F. Paul Wilson of "literary value"

If you remember from the interview with F. Paul Wilson, I have a letter from 1992 from Stephen King that lists the book The Touch as a book that taught him that "literary value of horror".

For those of you who want to see the evidence, here is a copy of the letter.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Things to look forward to in the coming weeks...

1.  More interviews with other authors at Untreed Reads publishing regarding their writing process.
2.  An interview with Jeff Strand, co-author of Draculas (with F. Paul Wilson, Blake Crouch and Jack Kilborn/JA Konrath) and author of such books as Mandibles, The Sinister Mr. Corpse, Pressure and the 2011 Bram Stoker Award Finalist, Dweller.
3.  A few left-over tidbits from the F. Paul Wilson interview...spoilers included, so I will make sure and announce which ones have spoilers.

Join me in June for these exciting posts!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Winners of the F. Paul Wilson signed book giveaway!

The moment you've all been waiting for.  The winners are:

Signed copy of Fatal Error:  Phillip Overton

Signed copy of trade-paperback of The Keep:  Mike Paladino

Congratulations to you both and thanks to everyone who entered.  If you entered and didn't win, you can always FEEL like a winner by going out and picking up one of my eBook short stories at any of the following places:

Untreed Reads Store (my publisher)
Probably just about any other one of your favorite online retailers

I was just kidding about it making you feel like a winner...but if you like literary short fiction, why not give it a shot?

SIDE NOTE:  Stay tuned in the next couple of days...I'm going to post an "extra" of my interview with F. Paul contains a spoiler from the Repairman Jack series (from Harbingers to be exact), so if you haven't read it, don't read the blog post.  Also, I have been asked by a few readers about the letter from Stephen King that I mentioned...I'll post an image of that as well in the coming days.